20 days in Winchester & Edinburgh Itinerary

20 days in Winchester & Edinburgh Itinerary

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20 days in Winchester & Edinburgh Itinerary

Start: Winchester
— 16 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Winchester


Winchester ©
Winchester is a city and the county town of Hampshire, England. Get some cultural insight at Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum and Boscombe Down Aviation Collection. Appreciate the collections at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum and Amberley Museum. Explore Winchester's surroundings by going to Portsmouth (The Round Tower, National Museum of the Royal Navy, & more), Salisbury (Old Sarum & Figsbury Ring) and Warminster (Longleat House & Longleat). Pack the 28th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Paultons Park. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Royal Navy Submarine Museum, view the masterpieces at Petworth House and Park, step into the grandiose world of Portchester Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mottisfont Abbey.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Winchester vacation planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, Southampton Airport and Bournemouth Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Winchester

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chichester, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Warminster, Alton
Highlights from your plan
Winchester City Mill ©
Winchester City Mill
Weald & Downland Living Museum ©
Weald & Downland Living Museum
Jane Austen's House Museum ©
Jane Austen's House Museum


Edinburgh ©
World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
On the 5th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Bowhill House & Country Estate, then steep yourself in history at Melrose Abbey, then explore the historical opulence of Smailholm Tower, and finally step into the grandiose world of Thirlestane Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Craigmillar Castle, steep yourself in history at Crichton Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Rosslyn Castle, then see the interesting displays at Heart Of Midlothian Football Club, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Gorgie City Farm & Cafe.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Edinburgh trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Winchester to Edinburgh takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Edinburgh sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Crichton Castle, Thirlestane Castle, Melrose Abbey, Bowhill House & Country Estate, Rosslyn Castle
Highlights from your plan
Melrose Abbey ©
Melrose Abbey
Craigmillar Castle ©
Craigmillar Castle
Thirlestane Castle ©
Thirlestane Castle